The 2018 Oscar Nominations | Live Stream announcement right Here

The 2018 Oscar Nominations | Live Stream announcement right Here

The Oscars 2018 nominees have been announced. The Oscar nominations in all 24 categories were announced in a two-part, live presentation this morning 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences allows the best picture category to have as many as 10 or as few as five nominees, depending on how the organization’s 8,400 members spread their support. This time around nine movies were nominated, the same as last year. Rounding out the category were “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread” and “The Post.”

The 2018 Oscar Nominations | Live Stream announcement right Here

Among the nine, only “Dunkirk” and “The Post” were assembled by major studios. Many have not made a significant mark in theaters. The gay romance “Call Me by Your Name,” for instance, has only taken in $9.1 million.

Campaigning for the 90th Academy Awards has been going on in Hollywood for five months, with films falling over themselves to claim the cultural zeitgeist. Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” is about racism and cultural appropriation, the film’s get-out-the-vote team says, but also (in this #MeToo moment) about the abuse of power. “Three Billboards,” which won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, sees itself as the most topical: It features a woman demanding attention be placed on a sexual predator; red state anger; and commentary about racist policing. Others say the crown should go to “The Post,” with its depiction of a woman coming into her own as a leader and taking a stand against attacks on journalists.

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Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Both filmmakers are in the running for best director

And don’t forget Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” with its nuanced mother-daughter relationship and self-confident central character. Ms. Gerwig received nominations for her original screenplay and became the fifth woman ever nominated for best director. “Lady Bird” also received best actress (Saoirse Ronan) and supporting actress (Laurie Metcalf) nods.

It feels like something has shifted,” a jubilant Ms. Gerwig said by phone, describing herself as “somewhere in the middle between crying and laughing.” She added: “The academy recognized a new generation — authors, filmmakers, actors, storytellers — in such a beautiful way. It’s unfathomable in some ways.”

Ms. Gerwig said her first phone call of the morning was to congratulate Mr. Peele, who is only the third person to receive best picture, directing and writing nominations for his first film. (Warren Beatty did so with “Heaven Can Wait” in 1978, followed by James L. Brooks with “Terms of Endearment” in 1983.) He is the fifth black director to be nominated.

“It feels like a renaissance is happening, and I’m really honored to be a part of it,” Mr. Peele said in a phone interview. Noting efforts by the academy to diversify its membership, he added: “That has helped a lot of fresh voices and talents be recognized. Given the state of our country right now, we urgently need to encourage those fresh ideas and fresh voices.”

Mr. Peele’s film, which cost Blumhouse Productions $4.5 million to make and collected $255 million worldwide nearly a year ago, is one of the few horror movies ever nominated for Hollywood’s highest honor.

The nominations meant the end of the road for hopefuls like “Detroit,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Downsizing,” “Wind River” and “Wonder Woman,” all of which campaigned for votes and were completely shut out. (They can always hope for an envelope mix-up.)

Oscar Nominations 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ Leads the Race

• “The Shape of Water” received 13 Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning. The 90th Academy Awards will be held on March 

• “Dunkirk,” which got eight nominations, and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which received seven, also emerged as strong contenders.

• Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Saoirse Ronan and Daniel Kaluuya were among the acting nominees.

• Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) were each nominated for best director and best original screenplay.

Oscar Nominations 2018

Sally Hawkins in “The Shape of Water.

Looking for the film to beat.

Oscar voters tilted toward a new Hollywood era on Tuesday, giving first-time nominations to at least 35 people, inviting Netflix into the club, recognizing a woman in the cinematography category for the first time and bypassing actors and films tainted by sexual harassment allegations.

“The Shape of Water,” a modestly budgeted fantasy about a mute janitor who falls in love with an imprisoned sea creature, became the year’s most decorated movie, receiving 13 nominations, including for best picture and Guillermo del Toro’s directing.

But the contentious revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” also emerged as a very strong contender, receiving seven Oscar nominations in a broad array of categories, including best picture. The war epic “Dunkirk” received eight nominations, many of them in technical categories, although it also will compete in the best picture race.

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